Japanese Pop-Up Extravaganza

It’s Manifest Destiny with Mexican food. Having opened restaurants in NYC, DC, Las Vegas, and Denver, chef Richard Sandoval has saved the best (US!) for last. He’s sticking with tried-and-true formulas bringing us outposts of his popular Zengo and La Sandia Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar brands to the nuevo Santa Monica Place (also opening this Friday). Zengo offers shared plates of Latin-Asian fusion—we think the Peking Duck Daikon Tacos on the menu says it all—that can be enjoyed on a giant patio complete with blazing fire pit and Mexican-made furniture. La Sandia will be serving up classic Mexican dishes with the modern Sandoval spin. Picture munching on Carne Asada with sautéed chile poblano, chimichurri and chile morita salsa while sipping on a Horchata Blanco spiked with tequila reposado all under an impressive retratctable roof. ¡Tequila!